Hurricane and Storm Fraud

The season for Tropical Storms and Hurricanes are upon us.  Hurricane Harvey dropped more than 50 inches of rain in Houston and went toward Louisiana, which was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This was the most rain ever recorded in the contiguous U.S. from a hurricane. Homeowners across Texas will soon be facing the challenges of re-building their homes from scratch.

In addition, Hurricane Irma is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. It has already caused devastating effects in the Caribbean and is expected to hit Florida soon.  According to Governor Scott, this storm is already larger and stronger than Hurricane Andrew which caused extensive damage to Floridians.

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The Rise of Service Animal Fraud

Many people don’t realize, but there are only two questions that a business can ask someone who has a service animal. Because of this, there has been an increase in people bringing their pets into various businesses to entrap an employee or manager into asking the wrong question, only to file a lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Top 5 Strategies of Insurance Fraudsters

Understanding and navigating the world of insurance fraud can be complicated. In almost every instance where insurance claims are a central focus, some kind of fraud is present. Although the economy is on the upswing, measuring those gains against the advantages fraudsters anticipate is difficult. The good news is that there are organizations in place that work to combat insurance fraud.

Working with a licensed fraud consulting service or Special Investigative Unit (SIU) that helps to spot the characteristics of fraudsters can save your organization a lot of money. There are some common traits of insurance fraudsters to be on the lookout for. We’ve put together the top 5 strategies that fraudsters use in insurance fraud:

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Case Study: Helping Retail Stores Fight Fraud

When Jeff Schneider started as the Senior Manager of Liability in 2011 at a large Southeast grocery store chain, the company was suffering from an excessive amount of fraud, along with the financial costs associated with that fraud. Fraud is a crime that has a cost born by everyone, including both the company and its customers. He knew that the stores were losing money, and were being forced to pass some of those costs on to the consumer. It was a problem that needed to be addressed, and quickly. Schneider chose to bring the Brumell Group forward to take up the task.

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